Application Questions: How much does the Physical Fitness score affect your chances for application? I am currently a junior and work very hard in school. I am very involved in the Civil Air Patrol and am Cadet Commander of my squadron. I am working toward my private pilot's licence and strongly interested in pursuing an aviation career in the Coast Guard. I noticed the average PFE score for incoming cadets was in the 210-40s. Though I do exercise regularly and participate in a couple sports, I would not say this is my strong spot. My weakness is running long distances. How does homeschooling change the application process? I read the FAQ section on the USCGA website. It states that for the math and english instructor recommendations, it is recommended that one take courses at community colleges and have those instructors or private tutors write the recommendations. How does this work for people who don't really have access to a community college or have private tutors? 4/c School Year Questions How accurately does AIM portray certain aspects of life at the academy? For someone who is a little more familiar with the nonsense that sometimes goes on at Cadet training camps, which is harder, Swab summer or Freshman year? What is the atmosphere of Freshman Year? From your experience, during the first year at the academy, do people who are primarily self-motivated become dependent on the situation for their motivation to go on (get down in the dumps the whole year) or do they seem to cope well and become even more motivated to accomplish their goals through the stress?